As many of you will know, I’ve been working with the Hangout facility on Google Plus to bring you a series of panel discussions called #DigitalLunch. The next of those is this lunchtime in fact, but more of that shortly.
Tonight we’re going to use it differently, some might say for the very reason it’s called a hangout; that is to provide a place for political anoraks just to hangout, share gossip and some of the thousands of tidbits and curios from the campaign.
I’m hoping we’ll hear from Gerry early on, when we may prevail upon him to take us through his fantastically detailed Battleground states profiles (the best on either side of the Atlantic), though we’re likely to loose him very quick once the results start coming in and he retreats to his spreadsheets and tables.
The big fat US election hangout is not intended to replace the mainstream coverage. In fact, every hour on hour as the States release their cargo of stats and returns we’ll take a virtual ten minute out for people just to go and catch up their local channels in the US, or the big players over here.
Silicon Republic has a nice run down of where you can follow in the US election from Ireland or the UK…
For my part, I’ll be skipping dinner this evening and making it coffee and Danish somewhere about 2-3am in the morning just to make sure I can make it to the last of the results.
Most of all we want to hear from you! If you want to jump in, follow these steps:
– Set up google account (if you alread have gmail, you don’t need to do this)
– Download this app: google.com/chat/video
– Join the party at the event page and tell us you want to join in?
And it’s really just as simple as that.
We’ll have guests from both sides of the Atlantic. So you’re welcome if you’re Irish in America, an American in Ireland, or just the kind of hopeless political anorak who’s sitting at home on your own and desparate to talk out stuff with others who understand what you’re on about.
If you’re too shy, then ping us stuff on Twitter, or Slugger, or even Google Plus. Just use the hashtag #SluggerUS , just so we can pick it out of the rest of the Twitterised flotsam and jetsam…
Really looking forward to hearing from you; wherever you are!!
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty